KuleAide

Male
from AZ

    • KuleAide

      Fan art. Again!

      4 days ago

      Tada, in background format! Feel free to use it as such if you wish. ^.^


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    • KuleAide

      Life as an American otaku

      1 month ago

      Hey all, long time no talk. (I know, I always say that but it's always always true.) Lately I've just posted "art" and such so this time I thought I'd just do a little bit of rambling for those of you who are interested enough to hear it. It's 4 am, I need something to do anyway >.>

      So, those of you on here who have been friends with me for years know that I've always been interested in anime. Or, at least, you know that I tend to (try) to draw in that style. Truthfully, I've liked anime ever since I saw my first proper one, Rurouni Kenshin, when I was young.

      Granted I never drew then. It wasn't until I signed up here that I started drawing really seriously, and not until recently that I drew every week, at least.

      I suppose, yes, I've always liked it. Though, I don't think it was until about half a year ago that I realized my appreciation and love for the genre was much deeper than that. Call it a struggle with identity.

      I think most people struggle with identity in some way or another. I guess mine was deciding to embrace my extreme tendency to gravitate towards nerd culture. I shunned that part of me for a long time. Like most people, I wanted to be cool, I wanted to make a lot of friends, because, and I honestly thought this; I thought it would make me happy.

      The stereotype is real here, people.

      I thought it would make me happy, yes. Though I've always had this nasty little habit of self destructing my personal relationships. Friendships, romances, family, whatever. I can't explain why I do that, I really can't. The best I can come up with is that because maintaining personal relationships exhausts me, but I suppose that's another topic entirely.

      I've struggled with that forever; trying to be someone everyone would like and say good things about. In some way, I still do. Though, about six months to a year ago, my brother begged me to watch Clannad (FUCK, THE FEELS). After I saw that, it clicked. It wasn't being around other people or family that made me truly happy, it was computers. It was games. It was anime. It was being able to experience a new world and the promise of thousands of other new worlds for me to discover.

      Suddenly, the reclusive tenancies I fought suddenly made sense to me.

      I was, am, an otaku. Now, for those of you who don't know what this is;

      plural noun: otaku

      1. (in Japan) a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills.

      Origin

      Japanese, literally ‘your house,’ alluding to the reluctance of such young people to leave the house.

      I remember reading this for the first time and thinking, "Fuck. Hit the nail on the head." Normally you hear this term used to describe anime or computer obsessed teens, but I've found there is a large community of adults that use this word to describe themselves. Funny how a culture on the other side of the world has a word for you but your own culture fails do be able to do so, eh?

      I've changed a lot in the past year, and even more in the past six months. For the better, I think. I a lot of people would say it's unhealthy; getting rid of your friends and family for cartoons and games. Though, at the end of it all, I could give a shit if I'm scoffed at for surrounding myself with the things that make me happy. There's a life lesson for ya, folks. Take that one home, it's free.

      So, I thought it'd be fun to list some things that otaku living anywhere but Japan might get a kick out, things that I've noticed lately.

      1. You avoid reading manga in public. Not because you're embarrassed but because you're annoyed by people asking why you are reading that book "backwards". (and someone will always ask.)
      2. It's difficult to not refer to people as whatsher-chan. Seriously, the struggle is real.
      3. DON'T show other people anime memes, no matter how funny you think it is. They will just look at you funny.
      4. Blasting Hatsune Miku music in your car with the windows down provides you with facial expressions you didn't know existed from the general public.
      5. Realizing the light novels you want aren't translated really makes you want to cry.
      6. Just forget trying to describe what a chibi is to someone who is looking at your drawing or trying to justify the eyes, hair, and clothing choices.
      7. The death of on screen characters you love scares you. For life.
      8. You want to scream every time someone says, "I like anime, too!", but they've only seen Naurto of Bleach.
      9. Almost every bookstore is a disappointment. They never have a manga section. Except Barnes and Nobles. Thank you!
      10. WHY YOU NO HAVE POCKY STICKS HERE?!
      11. Senpai will never notice you.

      Okay, some of them would relate to Japanese otaku, but whatever.

      FUCK, what a rant. I'm done now since the sun is coming up. Hope you enjoyed that little talking point, and maybe someone else besides me is laughing because they understand the observations.

      Till next time, peeps.

    • KuleAide

      Yandere Simulator!

      1 month ago

      Yandere-chan, you so silly. So I drew you.

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    • KuleAide

      It's been a while

      2 months ago

      So here is a sneak peek at a very large project I'm working on.

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      That is Chloe and she likes waffles.That's all I can say.

      Hope you are all doing well!

    • KuleAide

      This beautiful bitch

      4 months ago

      came in today. MUCH EXCITE, WOW!

      Finally upgrading my old Bamboo to this Intuous Pro Medium. I also think I need a new desk, because for fuck's sake, this thing is massive.

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      That's what she said.

    • KuleAide

      Haganai Fanart!

      4 months ago

      Ku ku ku, foolish mortals, how about some Kobato Hasegawa to grace your presence?

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      Haganai was pretty good, (a little too much ecchi for me) but I really got attached to the characters twoards the end. I've been walking around saying "ku ku ku" to myself for days. Kobato is just contagious, so I had to draw her. Next I'll be referring to myself in the third person and drawing Rikka, I'm sure.

      Critiques?

    • KuleAide

      Toradora! Fanart

      5 months ago

      Here is some more practice. My image on top, and the reference on the bottom.

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      Eh, it's just okay. Still not where I want to be, but I'm improving.

      What's love without a surprise flying drop kick here and there, eh?

    • KuleAide

      Animes ^.^

      5 months ago

      So, I've always watched anime and been a fan, but recently I've started watching anything I can get my hands on. I'm going to compile a list of everything I've watched, in case you might looking for some recommendations. (and for myself, to track what I've seen already.) These aren't in any order, just as they came to me as I typed:

      1. Cowboy Bebop ***
      2. Trigun
      3. Ruroni Kenshin (seen everything, just can't remember all the titles. ^.^)
      4. Sword Art Online ***
      5. Clannad ***
      6. Clannad: After Story *** (you WILL cry during this.)
      7. Myself; Yourself
      8. Say "I love you"
      9. Maid-Sama!
      10. Unbreakable Machine Doll
      11. Spice and Wolf *** (best female lead character of all time)
      12. Toradora! ***
      13. Eureka Seven
      14. My High School Romance ~SNAFU
      15. Ghost in the Shell
      16. Full Metal Panic!
      17. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
      18. Full Mental Panic! The Second Raid (I love Tessa ^.^)
      19. Durarara!!! ***
      20. Lovely Complex
      21. Watamote ***
      22. Attack on Titan ***
      23. Chobits
      24. Elfen Lied ***
      25. Paranoia Agent
      26. Death Note
      27. The Familiar of Zero
      28. The Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Twin Moons
      29. The Familiar of Zero: Rondo of the Princess
      30. The Familiar of Zero: F
      31. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions ***
      32. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions -Heart Throb-
      33. Shakugan No Shana
      34. Shakugan No Shana: Season 2
      35. Big O
      36. Karin
      37. High School of the Dead
      36. Foolie Coolie
      37. Ef: A Tale of Memories ***
      38. Ef: A Tale of Melodies ***
      39. My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering With My High School Romantic Comedy ( a little bit of ecchi here, but it was funny and well placed for the most part.)
      40. My Little Monster
      41. Golden Time
      42. Angel Beats!

      Of course, I've also seen Pokemon, a lot of Gundam series, Dragon Ball, ect. There are too many of those to list, though.

      I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but I'll fix it if I remember. Let me know if you have any suggestions for me! I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy. (Don't tell me Naruto or Bleach. I will cut you.)

      Anything with asterisks comes highly recommended from me. So if you haven't watched any of those, and like Anime, you should! Anything in bold is in English Subs only, as far as I know. So if you don't like that you know what to avoid.

    • KuleAide

      Since I don't post shit anymore

      5 months ago

      Here is a half assed sketch of my desk.

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      Because science.

    • KuleAide

      Moar drawing!

      6 months ago

      So I doodled this up. My favorite psychopath, Tomoko!

      I really loved Watamote. Highly recommend it. An interesting comment on what it's like to have social anxiety.

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  • Comments (111)

    • UnrlCrssnt

      UnrlCrssnt

      1 year ago

      Keep Calm and Rooster Teeth. That is gold, my friend. Pure gold.

      Post edited 10/29/13 6:22PM

      • UnrlCrssnt

        UnrlCrssnt

        1 year ago

        One proverbial Tower o' Pimps and a kudos bar for you. Excellence: achieved.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        1 year ago

        I strive for excellence.

    • TheParanoia

      TheParanoia

      2 years ago

      I saw the full size drawing you did of your tekkit guy. The major reason I stopped production on the shootinggallery was because I got a no go on using the animated adventure art work. Being a 3d artist myself, I coulnt draw the staff in a style that I liked. Do you think that you could capture the "essence" of the different staff members for the shootinggallery? We can talk logistics if you are interested?

      Post edited 3/01/13 4:36PM

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        I will see what I can do! No problem at all

      • TheParanoia

        TheParanoia

        2 years ago

        Your pick on who to try first. which ever one you think you can get a good feel for. I understand the working bit. Between college, work and girlfriend/social time i had NO extra time to do anything. I want you to know that if you can work with me on this, i would really, REALLY appreciate it! Ive been wanting to finish this project but it just couldnt happen.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        I see where you are coming from. I like the idea. who would you like to see first? I can try to take a couple days to think of the style and angle to take and give you an example. I work these days so I will need to fit it in where I can.

      • TheParanoia

        TheParanoia

        2 years ago

        To be honest, in a game like this one, the targets need to stick out from the background. Plus. That's why I was pushing for a cartoon style to the 3d art. To blend the background better with cartoon targets.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Hmmm I don't know how I would match the style in your 3D art, honestly, it's rather impressive. My art is rather...lacking in detail when in comparison. I am unsure if the styles would clash?

      • TheParanoia

        TheParanoia

        2 years ago

        In a way yes. But honestly, ill let you pick how you want to approach it. You can look at the style Im using for environment in my 9th journal update and see if you can mesh with that.
        The fact that you know what the staff looks like AND what their personality is should make it pretty easy for you.
        I would really appreciate it!

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Possibly, I have never tried. Are you looking for something in a similar style?

    • TheParanoia

      TheParanoia

      2 years ago

      Thanks! Things have been interesting to say the least. Btw, did you draw your avatar? Or did someone else?

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        No no, I drew that.

    • TheParanoia

      TheParanoia

      2 years ago

      I just got back to reality friend. I have been finishing up all of my college stuff for my associates degree in graphic design and animation and just finished my application for University of Texas in Austin. That being said, i find myself with a bit of spare time at the moment and am using that on some awesome ideas! I hope to get back to working on the ShootingGallery soon!
      PS: hope you are well :)

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        I have been wondering what has been going on! Glad to hear life is taking great turns for you. I'm excited to see where it goes =D

    • BeardedPolarBear

      BeardedPolarBear

      2 years ago

      I'm also in the process of starting a gaming channel as well, so just out of curiosity, what equipment do you plan to be using?

      • BeardedPolarBear

        BeardedPolarBear

        2 years ago

        No problem, my pleasure.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Oh cool, thanks

      • BeardedPolarBear

        BeardedPolarBear

        2 years ago

        Well, if you ever feel like doing collaboration videos with your console and you want to record your audio and the party audio, this video really helped me a lot. I'm not quite sure about the PC setup. We've not decided if we're going the PC route straight out of the gate, so I've not really been experimenting with that yet.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Just me. Maybe some appearances from other people.

      • BeardedPolarBear

        BeardedPolarBear

        2 years ago

        Well that really depends on how you prefer to go about it, which also depends on whether you are going setting up for PC or console. Is your channel going to be just you or are you having a few other people with you?

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Sounds right to me. Good mic set ups can be costly, but you don't really need ana amazing one straight away.

      • BeardedPolarBear

        BeardedPolarBear

        2 years ago

        I see. Computer included, my estimate is roughly the same, unless I decide to just start with console only in which case it's more like $425 - $450.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Yes.

      • BeardedPolarBear

        BeardedPolarBear

        2 years ago

        Really? Does that include a new computer?

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Ohhh...around 1000?

      • BeardedPolarBear

        BeardedPolarBear

        2 years ago

        Yeah, I definitely know what you mean. Do you have a rough estimate as to how much it'll cost you to get to you first stage of production?

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Yeah, if I had the money myself I would just get it all know, but you know. lol

      • BeardedPolarBear

        BeardedPolarBear

        2 years ago

        We're thinking of taking a similar path. I'm going to try to get the money to buy the initial console setup, and if we get popular and we end up with a partnership, we'll use the money to get the setup for the rest of the group as well.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Yes I have actually. They are pretty awesome, just expensive. I was thinking of starting with PC, and getting stuff for console if the channel got popular and I got partnership.

      • BeardedPolarBear

        BeardedPolarBear

        2 years ago

        I see. Have you considered using an HD PVR intead of a capture card. In my experience, they tend to be a bit more reliable, if not a bit more expensive too.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Well platform wise, PC and xbox. Like to get a good gaming/recording PC> Nothing specific in mind though. As far as software, I am not to picky about it. Maybe Roxio. They have some decent xbox capture stuff. For PC, the paid version of fraps maybe. Haven't looked into mics yet.

      • BeardedPolarBear

        BeardedPolarBear

        2 years ago

        Hardware, software, mic set up, platforms, the whole sh-bang.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        As far as what? Recording software or platforms?

    • TacoPowerPhD

      TacoPowerPhD

      2 years ago

      Hey man, out of interest how did you come to be viewing my journal since I presume you are not following me?

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Many, many welcomes!

      • TacoPowerPhD

        TacoPowerPhD

        2 years ago

        Sir. Many, many thanks.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        Under the "My Homepage" There should be a secondary tab that says "Watching" and one that says "Everyone"

      • TacoPowerPhD

        TacoPowerPhD

        2 years ago

        Interesting... where would one find this "everyone" section?

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        2 years ago

        I saw it while surfing the "everyone" section. Never know what gems you'll find there

    • JeppeRoemer

      JeppeRoemer

      3 years ago

      Present! Hope you like it smiley1.gif
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      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        + 1 I agree with everything you said.

        Oh wait... that's ditto. They have that already

      • JeppeRoemer

        JeppeRoemer

        3 years ago

        I demand more demands! But yeah... That's why I mostly write ("A Rooster Teeth Western") and draw (yeah... Image folder). It's one big playground... anyway what was it? Oh yeah... I Demand something!

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        Nothing is ever enough for this community. We are a very demanding people

      • JeppeRoemer

        JeppeRoemer

        3 years ago

        Yep. Also: "+ 1 Thanks!", "+ 1 Cute". So many choices, yet it's never enough... smiley7.gif

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        They really do need more mods. Custom mods FTW

      • JeppeRoemer

        JeppeRoemer

        3 years ago

        It had to be +1Funny, but what I needed was: "+ 1 Hell Yeah!!!" smiley8.gif

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        Portals indeed. And explosions. Portals make for a good delivery method.

      • JeppeRoemer

        JeppeRoemer

        3 years ago

        Modern Warfare indeed. The future is today portals

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        Great responsibility. Got it. Now I am thinking with portals, and nuclear bombs...

      • JeppeRoemer

        JeppeRoemer

        3 years ago

        smiley0.gif

        Note: With great weaponry comes great responsibility... And a companion cube smiley8.gif

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        Woah! I love it! Thank you so much!

    • Andrearei

      Andrearei

      3 years ago

      Stargate fan all the way

      • SpleeSpree

        SpleeSpree

        2 years ago

        "Why does this always happen to me!?!"

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        Let's not forget the unsung hero of SG1... Sgt. Syler. Always taking one for Earth!

      • Andrearei

        Andrearei

        3 years ago

        Richard dean anderson is the man, we all know who he was, but jack o neill is funny as fuck.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        The original SG1 cast was the best by far. I don;t think anything has ever made me laugh as hard as Tealic or Jack. But Carters character got me into studying a bit of quantum mechanics. ^.^

      • Andrearei

        Andrearei

        3 years ago

        Carter is the shit, I wish I was smart enough to be an astrophysicist

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        I've seen every episode and movie from the first movie to the last episode of SGU ^.^

        Post edited 7/25/12 11:59PM

    • Oddree13

      Oddree13

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the FU comment smiley12.gif

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        No problem =]

    • frosty5oh

      frosty5oh

      3 years ago

      s hows that skype thing going :)

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        Shit >.<

      • frosty5oh

        frosty5oh

        3 years ago

        yeah, mine either,

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        Well that would be sweet, however my computer doesn't have the hardware needed to do that.

      • frosty5oh

        frosty5oh

        3 years ago

        idk lol just a though

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        What do you mean? Were we planning on recording the discussions? lol

      • frosty5oh

        frosty5oh

        3 years ago

        do you have a recording set up for the podcast, because I don't know how that audio stuff works lol

      • frosty5oh

        frosty5oh

        3 years ago

        I might be able to get maybe 2 ppl besides me, maybe. I have to ask.

      • KuleAide

        KuleAide

        3 years ago

        Haven't heard from anyone else who was interested =/